Holiday Safety Tips from our Friends at Bedsider.Org+comment
A lot of fun things occur at this time of year – office parties, holiday parties, time off work, travel, seeing old friends and families… and well, sex. The nights are cold, lights twinkle everywhere, spiked apple cider abounds… couple those with your latest little black dress, and its enough to put anyone in the mood. While I endorse all of the above, it’s always important to be safe and make good decisions (okay a few bad decisions are okay but only if the effect on your life is maybe a day of regret, a wicked hangover, or office gossip.) Don’t let all the merriment get the best of you. It is important to to remember that the U.S. has one of the highest rates of unplanned pregnancy in the entire developed world; nearly one in ten unmarried young women (ages 20-29) has an unplanned pregnancy each year. No one wants to be a Debbie Downer, but sometimes Debbie Downer could be more appropriately called Vicki the Voice of Reason.
Lucky for women, and especially young women (an episode of “16 & Pregnant” will quickly remind you who really needs to hear this), there is Bedsider.org. Bedsider is a non-profit online birth control support group – it’s not government funded or paid for by pharmaceutical companies. And while you may think you know all about the birds and the bees, even the best of us could do some brushing up on things like a cervical cap, an IUD, or Nuva-Ring. This site is awesome. And really informative. With sections titled “most effective” “do me now” and “party-ready” you can really find the right type of birth control for your lifestyle (plus a list of side effects, where to get emergency contraception and more).
From rumors we heard when we were 16, to being in a birth control rut (ladies, there are so many more options out there than you realize), every woman could learn a few things from Bedsider. Or check out some of their hilarious and helpful videos created as a public service campaign from The Ad Council. So this holiday season be merry, but also be bright.